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Visualizing Big Data with Reports

Cindy Cheng, ​Sr. Director of Marketing Communications, EMEA, Appian
June 27, 2013

It is increasingly difficult to navigate the growing volume, variety, and velocity of enterprise data for business insights. The ability to synthesize and visualize data from multiple sources is critical in today's information economy. Knowledge workers need to access data and harness valuable insights anywhere, in order to confidently make decisions and take actions anytime.

Timely and effective visualization of key business trends, processes, and operations is essential to monitor organizational performance. For example, a sales executive may want to access reports on inventory, sales, customers, and related financial transactions.

Typically, these data reside in various enterprise systems and are owned by different departments: Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP) for inventory in operations, Customer Relations Management (CRM) for sales in various regions, service database for customers in support, and financial systems for revenue bookings in finance.

Pulling reports from various systems would take time, while consolidating them into a single report would further delay the process to provide timely updates with key business data. The old ways of getting monthly, weekly, or even daily reports are no longer sufficient in today's fast-paced economy.


Appian Reports provides timely and effective visualization of key business trends, processes, and operations to monitor organizational performance. Graphical and tabular reporting dashboards may derive data from any data source to provide a single view of the health of the enterprise. Additionally, Appian includes a robust real-time process analytics reporting engine, with Business Activity Metrics (BAM) on process activities for instant bottleneck analysis to support continuous process improvement.


Appian Reports is a scalable reporting platform that can deliver analytical views and information across enterprise data sources to users on web and mobile devices. Appian's unique SAIL (Self-Assembling Interface Layer) framework makes it easy to design a single dashboard definition that can dynamically source data across the enterprise into reporting dashboards. Appian can leverage any data architecture to source data for reports, including Appian's native real-time process analytics engine, external RDBMS sources, Business Intelligence systems, or even external service APIs.

Learn more about Appian's award-winning BPM softwareand how you could use the full suite of capabilities to visualize process metrics andbig data from a variety of sources.

Cindy Cheng

Director of Product Marketing

Cindy Cheng